Olena Korolyuk painting

Paintings by Olena Korolyuk

I live in a picturesque town called Poltava in central Ukraine. I’m a qualified architect. After graduation, I practiced architecture for 10 years. I’m a member of the Ukrainian Architects Union and I made my first attempts in silk painting while working professionally as an architect.

My work as an architect didn’t bring me enough art freedom and creativity, which my soul required, so silk painting became my main work. I have been practicing silk painting for about 15 years.

Each of my paintings has its own fate, its own unique and unpredictable way of life. So for me, silk painting is a life itself. Each line, each movement of a brush, each color shade remains deep in the fibers of which the fabric is made. As in the shortest episode of all life, the smallest part of a picture is unique. Spontaneity, exclusiveness, irreversibility – this links silk painting and life. That’s why I like this art medium. I invite you to touch the alluring, mysteriosly-shimmering world of silk, the world of my fantasies and dreams. – Olena Korolyuk

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One of the questions that has faced and continues to face some of the philosophers of the world is ‘What is reality?’ Plato addresses this question in his doctrine, the Theory of Forms. In an attempt to answer this question, he explains what the Forms are and how they affect the way the world is observed. These so-called Forms are the basis of the reality we perceive. The question one must ask him or her self is what are these forms, where do they come from, and how do they affect us as a society.’ A Platonic Form (Idea) is not a thought in someone’s mind but something that exists per se as an immutable part of the structure of reality.’

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This statement is the foundation of Plato’s philosophy. He believed that besides the material world we live in and of which we experience; there is another world, an eternal world of concepts, or Forms. This eternal world is more real than the world we experience through the senses (or Empirical knowledge – knowledge based on our senses), and it is the object of knowledge, pure knowledge, not opinion. What Plato means by the Forms is that they are the essential archetypes of things, having an eternal existence, apprehended by the mind, not the senses, for it is the mind that beholds “real existence, colorless, formless, and intangible, they are behind the way we see the world. In other words, they control the images and ideas that are presented to us.

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